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from our washington newsroom. tom, good evening. >> reporter: brian, as recalls go this one is very big and involves a shutdown and raises questions about quality control at toyota. toyota is telling its dealerships nationwide to suspend all sales of eight different models involved in the recall it announced last week for that sticking accelerator pedal until it can find a remedy. you may remember the recall involves 2.3 million vehicles. there is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms in rare cases mechanically stick while partially depressed or return slowly to the idle position. here are the models. the 2009 to 2010 rav4, '09 to '10 corolla, 2009 to 2010 matrix and the '05 to '10 avalon. certain 2007-2010 camrys, not all. the highlander, the 2007-2010 tundra and the sequoia. if not listed, the model is not on the recall. it will still be sold. otherwise those models will stop being sold effective immediately. toyota is shutting down five production lines next week until it gets to the bottom of the problem. that tells you how big of a problem this has become. those p
>>> in washington today, president obama and his family members chose to commemote this martin luther king day reaching out to people in need serving at a soup kitchen called some so others might eat. >>> now to a political upset brewing in massachusetts. it was supposed to be a layup shot, getting a democrat elected to ted kennedy's 47-year senate seat. some democrats thought it didn't matter which democrat they ran. the election is tomorrow, and it turns out it does matter. the special election could affect everything the president nts to accomplish. our report tonight from kelly o'donnell in boston. >> reporter: barely known beyond boston only days ago, scott brown is the upstart candidate on the national stage today. a state senator, brown has kept his republican party label out of his campaign. not on his bus, signs or tv ads. brown offers himself as an independent minded regular guy who gets voters' frustrations over the jobs and the economy. what do you accounts for this kind of response? >> i think people want to bring fairness and good government back to washington. >> reporter: pundi
in washington. and so we have to change the culture here. >> reporter: even after the stunning republican victory in massachusetts an a new role for 2008 obama campaign manager david pluff, now brought in to help limit expected losses in congressional elections this fall, white house advisers deny a shift in political strategy. >> you're not hitting the reset button here? >> no, we're not hitting the reset button at all. >> i won't stop fighting to bring back jobs here. >> reporter: aides also dispute that mr. obama's populist campaign style approach, on display friday in ohio, is a departure for the president. >> in washington people look for signs, cues for their script to say oh, you know, here's obama 2.0. this is obama -- this is the obama who ran for president. >> reporter: but as he prepares for wednesday's state of the union, much of mr. obama's first year agenda, like signature efforts on energy and financial reform, is now mired in congress. with the health care bill months in the making now on hold, each side blames the other for gridlock. >> he chose to go hard left the first
of homeland security in washington. pete, good evening. >> reporter: brian, about 2,000 flights a day arrive in the u.s. from overseas. now the department of homeland security is requiring more intensive screening for many of the passengers who fly on them, including some americans. among the first of the world's airports to adopt the new rules were benazir bhutto international in pakistan and germany's largest airport in frankfurt. >> i'd rather have a little more time in my travels and a safe efficient ride than something like that happen. >> reporter: airlines that fly to the u.s. from overseas must now give full-body patdowns and physically inspect the luggage of all travelers from or traveling through countries considered high risk. 14 countries where terror groups are known to operate or draw support including nigeria where the accused christmas day bomb plotter is from. and other overseas passengers must be selected at random, including some returning americans for the same enhanced screening. >> we have provided now for 100% enhanced screening for people who have either traveled from
with a brief update from our own brief williams in our washington newsroom. pete, what's this all about? >> reporter: officials here and in london say this amounts to the british government catching up to what the u.s. did last week when airline security was further tightened. the uk threat level was raised today to what's called severe, the second highest level there it's a response, officials say, to a stream of intelligence, suggesting that al qaeda terrorists in yemen are determined to carry out more attacks against the west. many possible threats are in that stream. none of them specific, including recruiting women for bomb attacks. this same general concern led the u.s. last week to further tighten air security, with more screening and stepped-up use of air martials. two days ago the british government established a no-fly list for the first time for flies into the uk. the british this week suspended direct flights between london and yemen, brian. >> again, we thought it best to address this story up top tonight. pete williams in washington, thanks for doing that. >>> back to our
on the one-year anniversary of the swearing-in of president obama. >> in washington today, for the president, martha coakley stood for a symbol of voter anger. >> what a great crowd. i bet they can hear this cheering all the way in washington, d.c. >> reporter: everything in official washington heard something, but what they heard depended on who they are. for republicans, scott brown's surprise upset was about one issue, health care. >> the people of massachusetts have spoken for the rest of america. stop this process. >> they don't want the government taking over health care. they made that abundantly clear last night. >> the people of massachusetts stood up and said, enough is enough. >> reporter: but the president said his party's loss was about something bigger. in fact, he told abc that the same voter sentiment that got him elected president in 2008 swept brown into office tuesday. >> people are angry and they're frustrated, not just because of what's happened in the last year or two years, but what's happened over the last eight years. >> reporter: white house aides admit it was partl
are we. >> reporter: well, this is an interesting moment in washington. polls repeatedly show america is fed up with washington's ways, so both sides are trying to show it's the other guy's fault for all this partisan gridlock. >> savannah guthrie starting us off at the white house tonight. they are going to take all this videotape apart in primetime on msnbc. take another look at exactly what transpired today. >>> we move to another front news on the economy tonight. the broadest measure of growth surged in the last three months of 2009. fourth quarter gross domestic product in this country grew at an annual rate of 5.7%. that's way above what mo analysts had expected here. much of the gain due to businesses rebuilding depleted inventories. the dow, however, down 53 points. stocks now down more than 6% from their highs earlier this month. now we tn to toyota's big problems, and the growing anger and frustration on the part of a lot of toyota owners. meantime, it was another day of confusion over how this potentially deadly problem with accelerator pedals in so many cars will be fixed
to the 2008 election season that is generating both a lot of buzz and concern in washington tonight. a new book called "game change" about the election, written by a pair of well-known journalists, hits bookstores tomorrow, and already tonight it's prompting an apology from the senate's top democrat over a racially charged comment. but it leaves very few of the key players in the '08 election from the president to john mccain, even some of the candidates' spouses, unscathed. we're covering that and the political fallout. let's start with nbc's andrea mitchell, who joins us from washington with more. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the new book "game change" about the 2008 campaign could become a political game changer right now. as senate majority leader harry reid is discovering today. >> hello, everyone. >> reporter: in the crossfire, the senate's top democrat, critical to brokering a compromise for the president on health care and the rest of his agenda. but accding to "game change," an insider's account of the 2008 campaign by john heilemann and mark halperin,
roads with ice. >> just going to drive slow and hope for the best. >> reporter: washington, d.c. is expecting up to eight inches of snow and blistering winds there have made the temperature feel like it was in the single digits. flurries cover the white house with a flesh layer of powder. with air roads dangerously slick, the d.c. department of transportation urged residents to leave their cars at home. this week as the storm swept across the plains it left behind a trail of darkness, across oak oh, 140,000 people are still without electricity after a half inch of ice built up on trees and power lines. at one point, winter storm warnings stretched across 15 states from alabama to maryland. a massive system impacting 30 million people. >> well, the storm is really winding down but it's very cold across the mid-atlantic region so the roads are going to be treacherous tonight and even more so farther south where they don't have a lot of snow removal equipment. >> reporter: but the kids have all the equipment they need. snowballs and sleds to make this an ideal weinter weekend. pe
inside yemen topped the president's agenda this week as he returns to washington from his hawaiian vacation. late today, however, the u.s. transportation security administration moved forward on its own with some big changes in how it secures international airline flights bound for the united states. there are a lot of moving parts to this story we want to get to. let's start with nbc's tom costello, who happens to have just arrived off a flight from europe. he joins us from our washington bureau with more on that breaking development from the tsa. tom? >> reporter: lester, good evening. the tsa is saying tonight that all international passengers traveling into the u.s. may well see enhanced random screenings, which will include pat-downs, explosive testing of luggage, and those enhanced body imaging scans before they board a flight. the tsalso says all passengers from or traveling through seven high-risk countries will receive full-body pat-downs and physical inspections of their luggage. those seven countries are yemen, pakistan, nigeria, syria, sudan, an, and cuba. the state dep
victory on tuesday in massachusetts sinks in and voter anger at washington begins to take root, the president tonight is turning to an old political ally to help turn things around. in the wake of stunning new setbacks, mr. obama is now turning to a proven winner, david plouffe, chief architect of the historic 2008 obama election, to put the white house back on a campaign footing. >> he says he never voted for a republican. >> reporter: yesterday in ohio a new approach by the president was already evident. >> how are you, sir? >> reporter: as his agenda becomes less popular, the president's tone now becomes more populist, confessing friday to losing contact with everyday americans. >> the truth is this job is a little confining, and that is frustrating. >> reporter: mr. obama met with plouffe last tuesday, at the same moment voters were sending republicans scott brown to the senate in solidly democratic massachusetts. a new poll out today puts the president's political peril in stark relief. of all voters in tuesday's election, a whopping 63% think the country is on the wrong t
>>> on our broadcast from washington tonight, full blast. the secretary of the treasury walks into heavy fire for his role in the bailout that sent billions of dollars to the big banks. >>> state of the union. that's right here behind us tonight. the president' first ever and the electorate is angry. >>> day by day in haiti, the ongoing struggle to get food to the hungry and help the children. >> the tablet, the holy grail in the gadget business is unveiled with all the hype apple can muster. >>> and how the animal rights folks might have sent people over the edge this time. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening from capitol hill in washington, where tonight the president reports to congress on the state of the union, and where earlier today, congress grilled the president's point man on the economy. timothy geithner, the treasury secretary, is a soft-spoken man who today ran head-on into a blow torch of built-up anger over bailouts and big banks and bonuses. he was the man in the line of fire, and he tried to give as good as
to therama unfolding in washington. tomorrow marks the first public meeting of what's called the financial crisis inquiry commission. a panel set up by congress a lot like the 9/11 commission was to get to the bottom of last year's financial meltdown. the ceos of the biggest banks will be there just as they are about to reward their employees with what could be some record-breaking bonuses. cnbc's david faber he in washington to cover everything that happens tomorrow is here with us tonight. i heard somebody say today for the banking industry, this is like the start of the old watergate hearings, correct or hyperbole? >> perhaps a bit of hyperbole, it's not clear we'll have that kind of dramo or that much on the line, but no doubt tomorrow when you have lloyd blankfein, john mack lynn, jamie dimon and the new ceo of bank of america all in front of this commission, there are going to be a lot of questions asked. it may not be quite as combative as sometimes it is in front of congress. this commission will be operating some time, trying to truly get answers as to what underpin that financial
banks. ever since then the president and most of washington have been fighting the acquisition they are protecting wall street alt. expense of main street. today mr. obama sought to change that perception. >> we have to enact common-sense reforms that will protect american taxpayers and the american economy from future crises, as well. >> reporter: the plan if enacted by congress, would close a loophole that currently allows banks to use ordinary depositors' money to speculate on wall street, increase the mandatory level of available cash banks must have on hand, and limit how big banks can be. >> never again will american taxpayers be held hostage by a bank too big to fail. >> reporter: wall street reacted quickly and negatively. stock prices for bank of america, jm morgan chase and goldman sachs and others fell sharply. >> it feels like they rushed this announcement a little bit. the devil will be in the details of what they mean by the prohibitions on the banks. >> reporter: the president unveiled his plan on the day massachusetts senator-elect scott brown made his triumphan
of washington to campaign against washington. >> i don't want gridlock on issue after issue after issue when there are so many urgent problems to solve. >> the president of the united states. >> reporter: continuing where he left off wednesday night. >> despite our hardships, our union is strong. we do not give up. we do not quit. >> reporter: the president's 70-minute state of the union address laid out jobs as his job wants, pushing a package of small business tax breaks and chiding the republicans for sitting on their hands. >> i thought i would get applause on that one. >> reporter: the president spebt less time on his signature issue health care reform, but made an impassioned plea to fellow democrats to get it done. >> i will not walk away from these americans and neither should the people in this chamber. >> reporter: today some democrats criticized the president for not laying out a specific legislative strategy to get health care passed, but house speaker nancy pelosi said it will happen one way or the other. >> the fence is too high, we'll pole vault in, that doesn't work, we'll pa
mitchell standing by in our washington bureau tonight. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. your reporter and ann's only reenforces the president's message. he said this is one of those moments that calls for american leadership. mr. obama asked his predecessor george w. bush to team with bill clinton in helping the relief effort and tonight they accepted. it is an air and sea lift of historic proportions in response to the humanitarian nightmare, mr. obama pledged $100 million. >> the people of haiti, we say clearly and with conviction, you will not be foresaken. you will not be forgotten. in this, your hour of greatest need, america stands with you. >> reporter: with no communication or power, the people of haiti cannot hear him. after flying ten hours, cutting short a trip to the pacific, the secretary of state arrived at dawn and appeared on "the today show." >> this is, i don't want to mislead anybody, this is a devastating catastrophe. just to figure out what steps to take so we don't make the situation worse. >> reporter: a state department task force is coord
qaeda." nbc's andrea mitchell with us from our washington newsroom. andrea, those were carefully-chosen words today. >> reporter: indeed they were, brian. the tough declaration, "we are at war with al qaeda," seemed to be a direct response to critics from the right especially former vice president dick cheney. the president said ultimately the buck stops with him and today was taking the reins and trying to close some of the gaping holes in the huge intelligence bureaucracy created after 9/11. critics say there are too many agencies, no sheriff in town. now the president is telling his director of national intelligence, dennis blair, that he is the sheriff. he wants leads to be followed up more rapidly with clear lines of responsibility. his own staff will be reviewing the agencies every month to make sure they are strengthening their analysis and sharing intelligence rapidly. that speech was tough, but importantly, the president said tonight that as long as he is president, we will not hunker down or let some band of men intent on killing men, women or children define the charac
's david faber here in washington to cover everything that happens tomorrow is here with us tonight. i heard somebody say today for the banking industry, this is like the start of the old watergate hearings, correct or hyperbole? >> perhaps a bit of hyperbole, but no doubt tomorrow when you have lloyd bank, john mack, jamie dimon and the new ceo of bank america all in front of this commission, there are going to be a lot of questions asked. it may not be quite as combative as sometimes it is in front of congress. this commission will be operating some time, trying to truly get answers as to what underpin that financial collapse that took place in the fall of '008. >> who is the investigator? who is running things here? what will the actual outcome likely be for taxpayers who would love to hear answers? >> we won't know the outcome for quite some time. often the case is that final report is far away from when we suffered such a blow in our financial markets. nonetheless, phil angelides from california. we'll see. we may get some deeper understanding of exactly what went on, and there ma
paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening from capitol hill in washington, where tonight the president reports to congress on the state of the union, and where earlier today, congress grilled the president's point man on the economy. timothy geithner, the treasury secretary, is a soft-spoken man who today ran head-on into a blow torch of built-up anger over bailouts and big banks and bonuses. he was the man in the line of fire, and he tried to give as good as he got. it's where we start off our coverage tonight with nbc's lisa myers. >> reporter: today anger over bailouts boiled over in congress. the target, treasury secretary tim geithner. >> it stinks to the high heaven what happened here. >> when average people were losing their homes and jobs, the same big banks that caused the problems got every dollar back courtesy of the american taxpayer. >> reporter: of the $180 billion taxpayers gave aig, $62 billion was passed on to goldman sachs and other big banks for insurance on mortgage securities. the securities had fallen substantially in value, yet the banks were paid 1
over personnel decisions. >> i am excited and honored to be the head coach of the washington redskins. we will take a look at history, take a look at the hall of fame, a great coaches, great players, what an honor it is to be the head coach of this franchise. a very special place, super bowls, world championships, a franchise with a great history. >> not to mention the $7 million a year salary it started as a joke and continues to evolve into a very serious matter. the nba suspended them for bringing guns into the wizard's locker room. it is not currently fit to take the court. he admits that he laid three guns on a chair in front of a locker of a teammate. it by having guns in the locker room, he broke -- broke both rules and laws. his suspension will cost more than $147,000 for every game he misses. a tough way for him to celebrate his twentieth birthday today. not quite for former orioles second baseman, the twelfth time " -- gold glove winner. he came up 12 votes shy of the baseball hall of fame. his weight ended, his ninth year of eligibility. he will go the hall of fame. they re
with that part of the story from washington. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. the u.s. relief effort is so critical to haiti's survival, secretary of state hillary clinton in hawaii tonight canceled the rest of her trip to australia and new zealand and is returning home to help oversee the response. the situation is so dire, only the u.s. military and aid agencies are up to the challenge. the president ordered a massive relief effort. >> with just a few hundred miles of ocean between us, and a long history that binds us together, haitians are our neighbors in the americas and here at home. we have to be there for them in their hour of need. >> reporter: search and rescue teams from virginia and california packed and took off as soon as haiti's runway reopened. cargo planes rushed in with military teams to assess the damage. "uss vincent" is to arrive tomorrow. an army brigade from the 87ened airborne will begin arriving in days. private agencies are a lifeline, but many aren't sure their building survived. >> as of right now, we don't know if that center is still standing. >>
, and will meet with his intelligence team on tuesday back in washington. pete williams is following the investigation for us. he's in our washington bureau tonight with the latest. pete, good evening. >> reporter: in the week since the attempted bombing, u.s. intelligence agencies have been scouring their files at the direction of president oma looking for other indicators they might have missed. they are getting a clearer picture now of who was involved. u.s. officials say a radical muslim cleric in yemen, al alahki has clearly moved into a new role. no longer a religious figure, authorities say, he played a direct role in designing and organizing the attempted airline bombing. umar farouk abdulmutallab spoke with him several times in yemen last fall. the new attention to yemen will bring one immediate change, an indefinite hold on releasing any more detainees from yemen who are now held at guantanamo bay, about half the number left. another change, more frequent checks of the terrorism data base to see who is on it with a current u.s. visa, allowing travel into the country. abdulm
24 hours. prevacid®24hr. when you've had it with heartburn™ >>> i'm david gregory in washington. defense secretary robert gates says the military's procedures for dealing with threats within its own ranks are outdated an ineffective. the pentagon released its review of the november shoot spreeg in ft. hood, texas. 13 people died allegedly at the hands of army major hassan. >>> wall street is ready to close out its second year. pay will top $145 billion, according to an analysis in the "wall street journal," that is up 18% from last year. on wall street today, fourth quarter earnings at one of those big banks, jp morgan chase disappointed investors. the dow finished down 100 points. >>> president obama will travel to massachusetts to campaign for senate candidate martha coakley. she is locked in a tight race with republican scott brown. four days before the special election to replace the late senator ted kennedy. brown teamed up with former new york mayor rudy giuliani today. if he wins, he would end the supermajority in the senate. >>> a programming note tonight, this sunday on
, barack obama. now, reid is in some hot water, and there's more. andrea mitchell in our washington newsroom tonight. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. as a result of harry reid's newly reported campaign comments about barack obama, tonight americans from the president on down are once again having a conversation about race. the third rail of american politics. also learning new campaign details and gossip about hillary and bill clinton and john and elizabet edwards. majority leader harry reid already in re-election trouble back home had to face the music today in nevada for his racial comments about then candidate barack obama. >> i've apologized to the president, i've apologized to everyone within the sound of my voice, i could have used a better choice of words. i'll continue to do my work for the african-american community. >> reporter: as reported in "game change" reid an early obama supporter praised obama's chances because he's light skinned with no negro dialect unless he wanted to have one. late today the president resp d responded to roland mtin on t
christmas vacation far from washington. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. according to president obama, there is no longer any doubt about who is calling the shots in the christmas day terror scare aboard that detroit-bound airliner. today the president laid out the government's account of the bomb plot. in this coming week, he will sit down with his national intelligence and security chiefs to try to figure out how that plot got buy them in the first place. in the meantime with the post-holiday air travel rush kicking into high gear this weekend, passengers are trying to understand how all this changes the rules of the flying game. we're covering all of it tonight. we begin with nbc's mike viqueira at the white house. mike >> good evening, lester. the president shared some new intelligence information with the nation today, and now he and others want to know why america's intelligence agencies failed to share that information with each other. today president obama revealed for the first time what many had suspected since the attempted bombing on christmas
money washington is funneling their way. >> reporter: the unemployment rate could have been even worse, more than 500,000 frustrated workers simply gave up and stopped looking for jobs. >> they are not actively seeking work, so they are no longer counted as officially unemployed, but if those workers hadn't dropped out, the unemployment rate would have spiked up in december. >> reporter: well, aides here still say they expect job growth to return in the spring. other economists aren't so sure. meanwhile, the house has already passed a big jobs package. the senate goes next, but brian, first they've got to get through health care. >> savannah guthrie starting us off on a friday night at the white house. thanks. another number out today, more proof of what's going on. temporary hiring is up for the fifth month in a row now. and for too many folks who want to work, especially in hard-hit states like this one with big budget problems, temporary work, as you know, is out there our own miguel almegeur is at the state capitol. >> reporter: here in california, the unemployment rate is 2% highe
donated over the internet. lisa myers, nbc news, washington. >> we will have more reporting from haiti in the broadcast. >>> for the moment we must switch as the president's state of the union address nears and as he prepares to make his case all over again for where he sees the nation headed. we are learning more about the intended message on wednesday night. savannah guthrie has details for us this evening from the north lawn. >> reporter: we got a bit of a preview today of some of the themes the president will hit as he laid out initiatives for the middle class. as part of the turn he'll make during this week's state of the union. a speech he really needs to convince americans that attacking joblessness is his job number one. >> comment on all the great work that the middle class task force is doing. >> reporter: announcing new tax breaks and savings incentives aimed at the middle class, the president returned to fighting words. >> we're going to keep fighting to renew the american dream and keep it alive, not just in our time, but for all time. >> reporter: his party still fl flumu
our washington newsroom. thanks. >>> the president remain once vacation in hawaii where he played a few rounds of golf, some tennis with his wife, but it's mostly a working vacation because of an aviation security issue no one saw coming. chuck todd traveling with the president with us tonight from honolulu. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. when this vacation began, it began a day late because the president was trying to get health care done, was trying to get that issue, at least off the senate's agenda. when he came back, when he comes back monday on january 4th and begins work january 5th, instead of focusing on health care and the double-digit unemployment rate, it is all hands on deck on this terrorist incident. on tuesday he is going to have an afghanistan-like strategic review with all the key players in the situation room. the meeting could take hours and they are going to pour through these reviews. the president is doing that now. he has poured through the preliminary reviews. it tells you the january plan for this white house to get health care done, to s
the soviets, he refused to give them the time of day. pete williams, nbc news, washington. >> you think you know somebody. that's our broadcast for this wednesday night. thank you for being with us. i'm brian williams. we hope to see you back here tomorrow night. good night. -- captions by vitac --
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